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New Year's Eve 2014 Prix Fixe Brooklyn

Ici usually has two prix fixe seatings for NYE.

Nov 16, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

We also went this Sunday and were very pleased with the food and service. We had the banana blossom fritters which were perfectly fried without a drop of grease. The hot sauce complimented them wonderfully. We had the chicken Pad Kee Mao (Broad noodles, chili paste) and the chicken Pad Kraprow (Thai basil, pepper, onions and chili sauce). These were very good with a tasty amount of heat that made me wish they would get their beer license soon. All this cost $32 including a 25% tip. They were fairly full when we left after 8 PM (but their were still a few two tops available) and they seem to doing a brisk take out business. They certainly deserve to do well.

Nov 03, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Kao Soy--new Thai in Red Hook

We had some tastes from Kao Soy at the Red Hook Initiative fundraiser (A Taste of Red Hook) about a month ago and thought the offerings were surprisingly very good. Really glad that they have opened. We'll take a trip down there soon. (By the way, while no longer inexpensive–I think the price this year was $150 pp–A Taste of Red Hook is a great event. There is always a lot of good food from restaurants in Red Hook, Columbia St., Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill. What's more, the Red Hook Initiative is a great organization).

Oct 25, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn Pizza around Barclays

Krescendo http://krescendobrooklyn.com/ has fancy Pizza, wait service and a full bar. I don't think they take reservations but I doubt that there will be a problem at 5:30 (they open at 5:00 on Saturday). It's on Atlantic between Hoyt and Bond. Note that when I passed it a couple of weeks ago it had brown paper in the Windows. But there is no mention of a problem on their website and there is a Yelp review dated this week, so I assume it has reopened.

Oct 16, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Looking for fine dinning with large portions

No cash or Luger's card necessary. Luger's has been taking Debit Cards for a few years now.

Oct 15, 2014
bobjbkln in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Yes I remember the back room. One of its menu items was Clam broth that had no clams in it. There was a cartoon on the wall about someone very angry because he found a piece of clam in his broth. I also remember that my father (who was not normally a big tipper) always leaving a percentage-wise large tip there because he said it wasn't the waiters' fault that the prices were so low.

Sep 23, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

The restaurant in Canarsie was Abbracciamento on the Pier. It had a sister restaurant in Rego Park Joe Abbracciamento that lasted for over 60 years until it closed last March.

Sep 11, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Indian/Thai/Vietnamese in New York.

It's been several years since we've eaten there, so I can't attest to the current situation, but we found that Pho Tay Ho on Avenue U under the el in Bath Beach, Brooklyn had a wide variety of excellent Pho as well as very good Vietnamese entrees. Surprised no one has mentioned it.

Aug 29, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Since this has expanded to include non-restaurants, here are a few more:
Tedone's for the amazing smoked and regular mozzarella
Laticini Barese on Union St. for Mozzarella
Joe's Perette for six foot heroes and, more importantly, for prosciutto balls that were more addictive than crack (I had several months of withdrawal symptoms when they closed)

Aug 27, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

I don't think that anyone has mentioned Chelsea Place, the antique store with a restaurant in the back in an enclosed rear yard.

Aug 20, 2014
bobjbkln in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

I remember McFeely's which was a sister restaurant to the one we remembered from west Chelsea (now that location on 10th Ave. is central Chelsea). The Brooklyn one lasted quite a bit longer, before it too failed.

Aug 19, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

How dare I forget Mina's (her original restaurant in Sunnyside) and Spicy Mina?

Aug 19, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

How dare I leave out Mrs. Stahl's. Thank you GG.

Aug 19, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Yes I forgot Le Coq Hardi. I don't think it lasted very long though. The chef was Moroccan/French, if I remember correctly.

Aug 19, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

Thanks for the correction on original inhabitant of the Café on the Green mansion. It's hard to believe that it is still there, but I forgot also that it was on parkland so I guess it wont be torn down for a high-rise.

Aug 19, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Outer Borough Memories

A similar post on the Manhattan Board has so far generated 450 responses, so I thought a NYC-non Manhattan post could also bring back memories. For a start:

Bronx:
Alex and Henry's (East 161 St.)
Joe and Joe's (pronounced jo-jos) on Bruckner Blvd.
Patricia Murphey's on Tremont Ave.

Queens:
Niedersteins(?) a sprawling German restaurant on Metropolitan Ave. on the Cemetery side of the street.
(a name I forget-please help if you remember): an upscale restaurant in the Mansion previously owned by Oscar Hammerstein in Bayside (or College Point)

Brooklyn:
(of course) Lundy's; and Gage and Tollner
then:
Grillo's: Fish restaurant and market in the Newkirk Ave. subway station mall;
Adele (upscale in then downscale Park Slope) in space that is now Applewood
Lisanne: First upscale restaurant in east Boerum Hill (now Betty's Bakery)
Aunt Suzie's (not great food, but still a special place)
Patois: the first restaurant to inspire the Smith St. restaurant row
La Bouillabaise: First Brooklyn Zagat superstar
Garden Cafe: A super restaurant in Prospect Heights when PH was edgy
Laila: Middle Eastern with huge portions in what is now Greenwood Heights.
Near East: Great Moroccan on Atlantic Ave.
Brawta (and more recently Fisherman's Dawta); Jamaican on Atlantic Ave.
Christie's Jamaican Patties

Aug 18, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs
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Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

The long thread on the closing of the Union Square Café brought back memories of the previous tenant of the space. Brownies was a health food store with an excellent fish/vegetable/dairy (and Kosher) restaurant in the rear. A very early healthy eating restaurant.

Jul 04, 2014
bobjbkln in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Was Artie's Warehouse the restaurant in an old loft building on 19th or 20th St. between 10th and 11th Avenues? At the time it opened it was in the absolute middle of nowhere. It was really ahead of its time.

Jul 04, 2014
bobjbkln in Manhattan

Canadians Visiting Bedford-Stuyvesant

«I have not been that way in a long time» you certainly haven't. Though, like many neighborhoods, not all blocks are the same, Bed-Stuy has changed a lot recently, including a lot of new very good restaurants. As a reference, one-family rowhouses are now selling there for upwards of $2,000,000.

To the OP, probably not far away from you,There is a Tuscan restaurant located in a restored former old-fashioned apothecary shop, that is pretty unique. It's called Locanda vini e olli . It's probably at the upper end of your price range, but I suggest you have a look.

Jul 02, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Madras Woodlands
1627 Hillside Ave
New Hyde Park, NY

same owner, but a lot less upscale in price and atmosphere.

Jun 28, 2014
bobjbkln in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Thank you penthouse pup. It's been bothering me for a while.

Jun 23, 2014
bobjbkln in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

Help me with the name of this restaurant on West 34th St. (north side between 8th and 9th). It was a seafood restaurant, quite large. Their dessert specialty was Nesselrode pie.

Jun 22, 2014
bobjbkln in Manhattan

Long Gone But Not Forgotten! Manhattan Memories

+1 on
Foo Joy
Smokey's
the Automat.
Also:
Cavenaughs on 23rd St.
The Quilted Giraffe
Réné Pujol
Yuet Sun the BBQ duck place on Pell St.

Jun 17, 2014
bobjbkln in Manhattan

French Louie - anybody been yet?

We had a different experience. We looked forward to the place because of its connection to Buttermilk Channel. The place was comfortable, the service very good and the food was nicely presented. But we found it rather lacking any taste. If we lived in Bushwick, we would not make the trip here just for French Louis.

Apr 25, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

why so confusing to pay @ katz deli

While the ticket has been there since the beginning of time, at the beginning of time it was handled differently. Those numbers on the front (now for all purposes, the back) of the ticket were within the price range of the items on the menu. The countermen would punch out the correct amount. Only after buying a lot, would you exceed the highest amount on the front and they had to resort to writing on the back.

Apr 17, 2014
bobjbkln in Manhattan

restaurant with vegan options near BAM

M.O.B. (Maimonides of Brooklyn). Between 3rd and 4th Ave on Atlantic Avenue. Style is "Brooklyn vegetarian". Atmosphere is "Brooklyn hipster weird". Entrees are a lot less than $20. This is a branch of a similar restaurant in Paris. http://www.mob-usa.com/

Apr 17, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Sales tax on food consumed at the bar

No the tax treatment is the same for take-out and bar/table. The tax is the same on alcohol and food. It's 8.875% in NYC period. (Other NYS jurisdictions have different rates.) Nothing complicated in a restaurant, although supermarket tax rules are somewhat confusing.

Apr 10, 2014
bobjbkln in Manhattan

Fort Greene coffee shop for Sunday meeting?

Or the Hungry Ghost managed café in the BRIC center at Fulton and Rockwell Place.

Mar 23, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Sit-down appetizing restaurant in Brooklyn?

There are a lot of bagel places, but most are not very special. You could try Bagel Cafe, 200 Clinton St. at Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn Heights.

Mar 22, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs

Where does one find good food in Brooklyn Heights??

There is a new Hill Country BBQ and Hill Country Chicken on Boerum Place. I haven't seen any reviews here (and we haven't gone), but the Manhattan location has been highly praised. There's also a branch of Shake Shack if you like that kind of thing. Both are open for lunch.

Feb 25, 2014
bobjbkln in Outer Boroughs